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Posted: 10:27 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Trish Williford
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Chanting as they marched from Charlotte's Veteran's Park to Marshall Park, hundreds of protesters carried American flags and signs that read "United for the Dream." Beyond the crowd, there are people and families impacted by immigration laws and for personal reasons they are pushing for reform. "If my parents go to Mexico and get deported, I don't know what we can do," said Edgar Morales, the son of immigrant parents. The Charlotte teenager lives every day in fear that his parents could be deported. They're undocumented and brought Morales and his brothers to the United States when he was a baby. "We want an education here, for me and my brother, and get a driver's license for me," Morales said. The protesters gathered to ask Congress to approve an immigration bill that would grant 11 million immigrants, like Edgar's family, a path to citizenship. They weren't alone. Similar protests were held in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Senators hope to finish the controversial immigration bill this week. If it passes, it would create more security at the border, allow tens of thousands of foreign workers into the country and grant eventual citizenship to many undocumented immigrants.
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